Working for the future of Bedford & Kempston

Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017. 

Energy

Richard was delighted with E.ON’s announcement last month that it is doubling its workforce in Bedford with the recruitment of 400 additional customer service jobs at the Caxton Road office. He said:

“Since 2010, unemployment in Bedford has fallen by nearly half but there is more to do. E.ON has been a large employer in Bedford for many years and I am pleased that they are continuing their investment in Bedford and creating more new jobs.

“This is a vote of confidence in Bedford as a great place to do business.”

Richard Fuller opens new eco-friendly showroom at Gibbs and Dandy with Branch Manager, Stuart Harm (Photo by Professional Images)

Richard Fuller opens new eco-friendly showroom at Gibbs and Dandy with Branch Manager, Stuart Harm (Photo by Professional Images)

Homeowners in Bedford looking to reduce their energy bills and become more fuel efficient can now learn about a wide range of eco-friendly systems following the opening of a Sustainable Buildings Showroom at the Bedford branch of builders’ merchant, Gibbs & Dandy.

The showroom, opened by Bedford and Kempston MP, Richard Fuller, has many products and technologies on display, such as biomass boilers, air source heat pumps, solar thermal systems and external wall insulation. All of which can have a major impact on helping homes and buildings become more fuel efficient, as well as reducing energy bills for owners.

The new showroom was created in partnership with Greenworks, the UK’s recognised authority and market expert, providing training in the applications of sustainable building solutions and products. As part of the showroom, there will be a centre to train trade professionals from the area about the various products and technologies.

Mr Fuller said: “It’s fantastic to see a local business working to support people and trade professionals in Bedford. The showroom has a great range of energy saving solutions that will truly benefit a lot of people.”

Stuart Harm, manager of the Bedford branch, said: “We’re committed to helping homeowners in the area become energy efficient, so this facility will provide them with the chance to come in and see what will benefit them. Also, installers have a great opportunity to learn about sustainable technologies, which they may well go on to fit into their customers’ homes.”

Richard Fuller supports Big Energy Saving Week

Following on from his own energy advice events in December, local MP Richard Fuller has this week shown his support for Big Energy Saving Week, which will help people in Bedford and Kempston to cut hundreds of pounds from their energy bills.

The campaign, which runs from 27-31 January 2014, gives practical advice to consumers on how to save money by checking, switching and insulating their homes. Citizens Advice Bureaux are running over 500 events to help consumers get advice on how to cut their bills during the week.

Big Energy Saving Week is run by Citizens Advice and supported by charities, the Government and the energy industry. By following the advice, consumers could save:

    – £100 average saving paying by direct debit rather than cash or cheque
    – Up to £200 saving for switching tariff or supplier if you have never switched before
    – £320 average saving from insulation and other energy saving measures

Richard said:
“Big Energy Saving Week is a great opportunity to take action and cut your energy costs. I encourage everyone to see what they could do to reduce their bills and make sure they aren’t paying more than they need to.”

Consumers can visit the Big Energy Saving Week stall in the Harpur Centre in Bedford today (Wednesday) or they can drop in to the CAB on St Paul’s Square on Thursday.

People can also get help and advice online at www.bigenergysavingweek.org.uk, or can join in a CAB twitter chat on Thursday 30 January. You can see a full list of events at www.citizensadvice.org.uk/besw_events.htm.

Local residents get advice on their energy concerns

Local residents get advice on their energy concerns

On Friday, the Bunyan Meeting was the venue for local MP, Richard Fuller’s ‘drop-in’ for advice on cutting fuel bills, switching suppliers and assistance for vulnerable people finding it hard to heat their homes.

E.ON, uSwitch, Age UK, Home Heat Helpline, Carillion, Citizens Advice Bureau, Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation, and Bedford Borough Council all showed up to offer their assistance and expertise to people with concerns about energy. Many people came away with free energy saving devices too!

Commenting after the event, Richard said:

“When it comes to the cost of electricity and gas, people need practical advice, not gimmicks. The Government is playing its part and providing real help by reducing the cost of green levies, and I am doing what I can locally to get people the information and assistance they need.”

Dr Tony Cocker answers questions in Kempston

Dr Tony Cocker answers questions in Kempston

Kempston residents got the opportunity to ask tough questions of the boss of E.ON, one of the country’s largest energy suppliers, when he visited the town on Friday.

At a public meeting arranged by Richard Fuller MP, Dr Tony Cocker answered a wide range of questions on price increases, renewable energy, fracking and investment in power generation capacity.

Richard Fuller said that he felt Dr Cocker provided thoughtful responses and didn’t dodge the tough questions.

Earlier in the day Richard visited E.ON’s call centre on Goldington Road to meet with local staff and discuss their ideas on energy advice.

Need some help and advice on keeping warm this winter?
Worried about your energy bills?
Want to put your questions straight to an energy boss?

On Friday 13th December, Richard Fuller MP will be hosting two events on energy.

From 1pm-4pm there will be a FREE drop-in advice session on energy issues at the Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street, Bedford.

Following that, there will be a Q&A session with the boss of one of the UK’s largest energy companies.

E.ON Chief Executive, Tony Cocker will be available to answer your questions at a public meeting from 5:30pm till 6:30pm at the Addison Centre, Kempston.